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Free Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities
2017 Twin Cities Earth Day Family Events
Free Twin Cities October Family Events & Activities
Free Twin Cities August Events & Activities
Baby Emperor Tamarin Twins – Cuteness Overload
Top Preschool Storytimes in the Twin Cities
10 Ideas for Free or Cheap Family Fun in August
Family Free Weekend Events for June 20 – 21, 2015 – Festivals & More!
Free Family Weekend Events List for June 13 – 14, 2015
Free Family Weekend Events for May 16 – 17, 2015

Free Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities

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5/2: Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks • find a listing of parks hereExplore Washington County Parks with no vehicle permit required the first Tuesday of the month (non-holiday).

5/2 & 5/4: MayDay Build Workshops | In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, Minneapolis • 7-9pm • Come help create floats for the annual MayDay celebration in Powderhorn Park. Artists will guide volunteers in creating a piece of their own or a contribution to a parade float.

5/5: Friday Family Movie Night: Storks | Edinborough Park, Edina • 6:30pm

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2017 Twin Cities Earth Day Family Events

Earth Day Network’s first Earth Day was in 1970. It’s continuing mission — “to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.”
Earth Day Family EventsFor us, it’s a chance to teach our children about good stewardship of our planet, while getting out and enjoying the long-awaited spring. I think the spring thing may be why the Twin Cities Metro does not skimp on Earth Day activities and events. We have a sampling of Earth Day family events to get out with your kids and celebrate our environment this month.

Thanks to this month’s sponsor Rockin’ Jump!  Check them out at FFTC’s Rockin’ Party on April 15.

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Free Twin Cities October Family Events & Activities

With 12 children between them, the parents of the Family Fun Twin Cities team sure appreciate a good deal. And October is filled with them – from FREE Halloween events and fall festivals without admission fees to ongoing family art programs, special grand openings and open houses. For hundreds more ideas on how to find free Twin Cities events & entertainment in October, visit our Family Fun Calendar.

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Free Twin Cities August Events & Activities


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Baby Emperor Tamarin Twins – Cuteness Overload

Baby Emperor Tamarin Twins

Image courtesy of Como Zoo

Como Zoo announced the birth of twins today — baby Emperor Tamarin Twins! A boy and a girl (they think). The twins were born on January 27th and are now on display. There are only about 30 Emperor Tamarins in U.S. zoos.  These tiny primates are currently only about 40 grams and will grow to be around 1 pound.

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Top Preschool Storytimes in the Twin Cities

Once upon a time, preschool storytimes were an integral part of my weekday routine as a stay-at-home mom with toddlers and preschoolers. Top Preschool Storytimes in the Twin Cities

The time we spent at bookstores, libraries and other tot spots around town made up a big piece of our social life. We’d see familiar faces, discover new stories, and I would often take away valuable nuggets of parenting advice. The list below of toddler and preschool story times are hosted at highly kid-friendly venues around the Twin Cities. And, with one noted exception, each program is completely free entertainment for your young ones.

Thanks to our sponsor Base Camp Pre-K Days.  If you are looking for a program with one of the most wonderful preschool teachers, David Donavan, look no further than Base Camp.  preschool pre-K DaysClick here for Base Camp Pre-K Days

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10 Ideas for Free or Cheap Family Fun in August

Don’t look at these 10 ideas as an end-of-summer bucket list — because personally, I’m not ready to look fall in the face — but take these suggestions as a reminder that there is plenty of the season left to enjoy! Here’s what August has in store for the Twin Cities:

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Dye Garden Family Art Day @ Textile Center, 3000 University Avenue SE #100, Minneapolis, 55414

When: Saturday, Aug. 1 • 10am-1pm
Cost: Free
Details: The whole family is welcome to come play in the Textile Center’s natural plant dye garden, create a macrame plant hanger and bring a miniature garden home. Refreshments will be provided.

NNO15_logo[1]National Night Out Twin Cities

When: Tuesday, Aug. 4 • times vary
Details: Community gatherings across the Twin Cities encourage you to get out, spend the evening with your neighbors and promote safe neighborhoods. Minneapolis has an extensive list of registered block parties (complete with proposed activities) here, organized by neighborhoods. St. Paul’s list can be found here. Even if you don’t plan to leave your own ‘hood for the evening, ideas for your own bash abound on these lists.

Beach Party @ Bryant Lake Regional Park, 6800 Rowland Rd, Eden Prairie, 55344

When: Wednesday, Aug. 5 • 12-3pm
Cost: $5/pp
Details: Ride a waterslide, try an obstacle course, make a craft, and play games. Meet pond critters, birds of prey, and reptiles. Build a sand castle and win a cool treat.

Groovin Web Promo[1]FINAL Groovin’ in the Garden @ Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr, St. Paul, 55103

When: Wednesday, Aug. 5 • 6-8pm
Cost: Free
Details: Catch the final Groovin’ in the Garden performance (local band “i like you.”) and, depending on the ages of your kids, they might let you sit and enjoy while being entertained by the free Park & Rec equipment: a jump castle, giant climbing wall, and lawn games. If not, at least you can hear the music while the kids exhaust themselves. Bring a blanket and picnic or purchase food onsite.

Pet Expo @ Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, 6666 East River Rd, Fridley, 55432

When: Saturday, Aug. 8 • 1-4pm
Cost: Free
Details: Bring along your pet and spend the afternoon on an animal scavenger hunt in the galleries, mugging in the photo booth, browsing vendors, and creating a pet rock to take home. Currently on exhibition in the historic Banfill-Locke house is Pets On View.


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Dakota County Fair & Heritage Village @ Dakota County Fairgrounds, 4008 220th St W, Farmington, 55024

When: Aug. 10-16, 2015
Cost: $5/adults, $2/kids 6-12, $2/seniors, 5 & under free; $5/daily parking
Details: Heritage Village comes to life as it was a century ago during the run of the Dakota County Fair. Costumed characters interpret rural life as you visit the village buildings and take in demonstrations. Admission to Heritage Village is included in your ticket to the Fair, which also hosts many free activities, exhibits, and live entertainment.

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ExploraTots @ Crosby Farm Regional Park2595 Crosby Farm Road, St. Paul, 55116

When: Wednesday, Aug. 12 • 10-11:30am
Cost: Free
Details: Connect to the natural world with your preschooler (designed for ages 2-5) through hikes, stories, and hands-on activities. Older children are welcome to attend; no pre-registration required. Enter the park at the Gannon Road entrance and meet at the picnic pavilion. The ExploraTots program meets on the second Wednesday of each month. For more free and low-cost environmental education programs in St. Paul, click here.

10 Ideas for Free Family Fun at the Great Minnesota Get-Together

The Minnesota State Fair does not exactly scream “free” or “cheap”, you say? It’s true that costs can quickly add up between admission, treats and carnival rides, but for many families (mine included) a trip or few to the Fair is a summer must-do. We’ve included this list of 10 free attractions included in Fair admission to give you an idea of all the budget-friendly fun that is to be had. (Note: this is 2014’s list, but all attractions are scheduled to return for 2015.)

10 More Ideas for FREE Family Fun at the State Fair

The Fair has so much free fun to offer we felt it warranted a second mention on our August list!

10 MORE Twin Cities Beaches, Playgrounds & Attractions to Try This Summer

Don’t mourn the end of summer just yet, there’s still time and sun enough to hit the local beaches. Following up on our original list of 10 Twin Cities Beaches & Playgrounds to Try This Summer we present 10 MORE Twin Cities Beaches, Playgrounds & Attractions to Try This Summer.


Family Free Weekend Events for June 20 – 21, 2015 – Festivals & More!

How are you planning to celebrate Dad this weekend? Maybe he’d be up for one of the many FREE festivals going on this weekend throughout the Twin Cities: St. Louis Park’s Parktacular, Minneapolis’s Stone Arch Bridge Festival or GermanFest at the Historic Schmidt Brewery in St. Paul? Or, as always, you can search our Family Fun Calendar for more free and low-cost options!


873ca5a4712ced6470cb193bc30bd031[1]St. Louis Park Parktacular!

Time: 10am-10pm
Details: “Splash Into Summer” with St. Louis Park’s annual start-of-the-season festival. Of special interest to families with young children, Kidtacular takes place Saturday only, from 2-6pm in Wolfe Park (3700 Monterey Dr., SLP) with a ton of free children’s events including pony rides, character greetings, canoe rides, a magician and more. Get the full listing of activities here. Parktacular’s Grand Day Parade will take place from noon-2pm starting at the intersection of 40th & Joppa.


stone-arch-bridge-festival[1]Stone Arch Bridge Festival
Mississippi Riverfront, Minneapolis (festival map)

Time: 10am-7pm Saturday • 10am-5pm Sunday
Details: A full weekend of art, live music and family activities along the Mississippi Riverfront. Of special interest to families with little ones is the Family Activities Area, a space of hands-on entertainment that is also close the live music stage and the Father’s Day car show. Learn more about those here.

Centenial-single-final-transparent-cropped1[1]Marjorie McNeely Conservatory Centennial Celebration Weekend
@ Como Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul, 55103

Time: 10am-4pm Saturday & Sunday
Details: The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is celebrating a century of gorgeous gardens with a weekend of special presentations and activities. The events start Friday, June 19 at 7pm, with an outdoor concert, movie and dome-lighting ceremony and continue throughout the weekend. For a full listing of events, click here.

@ Historic Schmidt Brewery
882 7th St W, St Paul, 55102

Time: 10am-10pm Saturday • 10am-5pm Sunday
Details: Don’t let vision of beer steins prevent you from bringing everyone out to this family-friendly event. The Kids Area will feature art, games and German cultural activities for all ages. Get a taste for them here.

Eden Prairie Players Present: “Once Upon a Mattress”
@ Staring Lake Amphitheater
14800 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, 55347

Time: 7pm Saturday& Sunday
Details: The classic story of the Princess and the Pea as presented by the Eden Prairie Players – and it’s FREE (donations appreciated).

Free Family Weekend Events List for June 13 – 14, 2015

A few ideas as you set out to plan what’s projected to be a pretty nice weekend. Need a few more? Our Family Fun Calendar is chock full for this weekend and beyond. Read More

Free Family Weekend Events for May 16 – 17, 2015

Another sign that spring is finally here – a big crop of art festivals this weekend! Here’s a sampling of what’s going on (for FREE!) this weekend and, as always, check our extensive Family Fun Calendar for a complete listing of what else is cropping up around the Twin Cities.


ArtStart’s EcoArts Fest
@ Harriet Island Regional Park Grounds & Pavilion
200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd, St. Paul, 55107

Time: 10am – 3pm
Ages: All ages welcome
Details: This event, now in its eighth year, promotes environmental stewardship through visual and performing arts. Click on the link above to get all the highlights of the 2015 EcoArts Fest.

Art-A-Whirl 2015
@ various sites throughout NE Minneapolis (download the Art-A-Whirl map here)

Time: Saturday, Noon-8pm & Sunday, Noon-5pm
Ages: All ages welcome; consider reading Joy’s tips for visiting Art-A-Whirl with Kids before bringing the little ones.
Details: Spanning the entire weekend, Art-A-Whirl is NE Minneapolis’ ultimate open house for artist studios. Many offer hands-on activities or demonstrations that interest kids as well as their adults. A complete listing of Art-A-Whirl weekend offerings can be found here.

Eden Prairie Arts in the Park
@ Purgatory Creek Park
13001 Technology Dr., Eden Prairie, 55344

Time: 9am – 4pm
Ages: Appeals to all ages; there will be activities especially for children
Details: Shop the vendors, enjoy live music and special kids activities including yoga, crafts, storytelling and face painting.

Kindness Safari 
@ Como Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul, 55103

Time: 10am – 2pm
Ages: All ages
Details: KIND Snacks is hosting an event at Como to promote every-day acts of kindness. Activities include a scavenger hunt and fun freebies.


Target Free Third Sunday
@ Minnesota Children’s Museum
10 7th St W, St Paul, 55102

Time: 9am – 5pm
Ages: All ages attend free!
Details: Explore the museum, including the new exhibit Sid the Science Kid thanks to the generosity of Target.

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